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This series features colorful illustrations and photographs of people in period dress living out their lives and working at their trades and tasks as they would have in the colonial period of America's history. The information and vivid color illustrations will appeal to those from age 5 to adult and can easily be used with grades 2-5 (and up) to bring a history curriculum to life. Reading level is about grade 3, but these would also be ideal for low level readers in upper grades who need good nonfiction content that does not talk down to them.
These are paperback, 8.5 x 10.75 inches, 32 pages each, with glossary and index.

The Woodworkers: In colonial times, everything was made from natural materials, such as wood. This book shows the expert artisans who made things of wood, such as the cooper, carpenter, wheelwright, and tradesmen who built houses, at their work. Readers will see the tools and implements used by these woodworkers, learn how the wood was selected, cut, and prepared, how houses were built, and how furniture, barrels, wheels, carriages, and ships were made. They will also see the apprentices at work, as they learned a trade.
CT-07903,  Sold Out, Out of Print

The Blacksmith: The blacksmith was a very important person in colonial times because he made things than almost every home needed: farming tools, cooking pans and implements, candleholders, and lanterns. Some blacksmiths specialized: Farriers made shoes for horses and other animals. Locksmiths and gunsmiths were also specialists. And some blacksmiths in smaller towns did everything. This book will bring you into the smithy, where the blacksmith worked. You will see him at the forge, using the bellows and the anvil. You will observe him using his tools, and see the steps in forging and in shoeing a horse. And you will also see what life was like for the apprentices.BTH-5947. $8.06

The Milliner:  The more well-to-do of America's colonial women liked to follow the European fashion trends. The milliner helped them indulge their taste for high style in a shop stocked with all sorts of fashion accessories, fabrics, shoes, and clothing imported from England and other countries. This book will take readers on a tour through one of these most interesting shops. They will observe in the colorful illustrations the milliner's many skills -- gown making, lace-making, and laundering. They will observe the trends in women's 18th century clothing. Sold Out, Out of Print

A Slave Family: Ever wonder what life was like for slave children? This book introduces you to Quasheba, who reenacts the life of a slave girl too young to work on the plantation. You will learn about slavery  in American colonies, the family life of slaves and how they helped one another, the education of slaves, life on a plantation, the different jobs slaves did, the African culture they brought with them, and how some of them became free, or tried to become free. Sold Out, Out of Print

The Colonial Cook: Food plays an important role in every culture. Learn how food was prepared in the American colonies: who prepared it, how the cooking fire was used and maintained, and which tools and implements were used in the kitchen. Sometimes food was prepared in a separate building from the house, and several "dependencies" were used to prepare and store specialized items. Learn how many people grew and raised their own food, and then preserved or prepared it. See how the cook prepared for the day ahead, which took some careful planning. And then try some of the recipes these cooks prepared. Learn what the Native Americans contributed to the colonists' knowledge of native foods and about the gifts they brought that helped the colonists survive in the new land. And also see what the slaves cooked for themselves. You can try their peanut soup. Sold Out, Out of Print

Colonial Women: This book offers a close look at the lives of the 18th century women in the American colonies. Most of them worked in the home and cared for children, though some had outside jobs. Readers will see how colonial women adjusted to their tough new life, which was much harder than the life they were accustomed to. They will observe women going about their lives in the country and in the city, on plantations, and as slaves. They will learn how women were educated, courted, and married. They will observe a woman's family life, and see what jobs colonial women could perform outside the home. You will see what kind of social life the families had and what women in that period wore. Lastly, you will meet some notable colonial women: Margaret Brent, Anne Bradstreet, Anne Hutchinson, and Phillis Wheatey. 
BTH-5948. $8.06-D

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